Seismic behaviour of ancient multidrum structures

Loizos Papaloizou, Petros Komodromos

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Strong earthquakes are common causes of destruction of ancient monuments, such as classical columns and colonnades. Ancient columns of great archaeological significance can be found in high seismicity areas in the Eastern Mediterranean. Understanding the behaviour and response of these historic structures during strong earthquakes is useful for the assessment of conservation and rehabilitation proposals for such structures. The seismic behaviour of ancient columns and colonnades involves complicated rocking and sliding phenomena that very rarely appear in modern structures. Analytical study of such multi-block structures under strong earthquake excitations is extremely complicated if not impossible. Computational methods can be used to simulate the dynamic behaviour and seismic response of these structures. The discrete element method (DEM) is utilized to investigate the response of ancient multi-drum columns and colonnades during harmonic and earthquake excitations by simulating the individual rock blocks as distinct rigid bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Methods in Earthquake Engineering
PublisherSpringer Netherland
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9789400700529
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2nd International Conference on Computational Methods in Earthquake Engineering, COMPDYN 2009 - Island of Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 200924 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameComputational Methods in Applied Sciences
ISSN (Print)1871-3033


Other2nd International Conference on Computational Methods in Earthquake Engineering, COMPDYN 2009
CityIsland of Rhodes


  • Discrete element methods
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Multidrum columns and colonnades


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